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Our latest paper in the media

Our latest paper in the media

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The article published recently by ELTE Department of Ethology, and MTA-ELTE Comparative Ethology Research Group in Science is causing a worldwide media buzz. The study, which was first in the world to address how dogs’ brains process human speech, has been picked up by several representatives of the international press and scientific popular science portals, […]

Dog brains process both what we say and how we say it

Dog brains process both what we say and how we say it

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New FDP paper in SCIENCE! Videoabstract: The first fMRI study to investigate how dog brains process speech shows that our best friends in the animal kingdom care about both what we say and how we say it. Dogs, like people, use the left hemisphere to process words, a right hemisphere brain region to process intonation, […]

FDP paper published in PLoS ONE

FDP paper published in PLoS ONE

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Polgár et al. created a simple food detection test to investigate olfactory capacities of different types of dogs and hand reared wolves. They tested  dogs and wolves in five conditions of increasing difficulity. The results showed that wolves and dog breeds selected for scent work were better than short-nosed dogs and dog from non-scent breeds.  

New publication: Do as I … Did! Long-term memory of imitative actions in dogs

New publication: Do as I … Did! Long-term memory of imitative actions in dogs

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Fugazza et al. tested pet dogs trained with the Do as I Do method for their ability to imitate human actions after retention intervals ranging from 1 to 24 hours. For comparison, another twelve dogs were tested for the same actions without delay between demonstration and recall. Our test consisted of a modified version of the […]

Search and rescue mission with dogs – video abstract

Search and rescue mission with dogs – video abstract

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Swarmix, a joint project of ETH Zurich, EPFL, SUPSI/IDSIA and ELTE University, investigates cooperation and interactions in bio-synthetic swarms. The research work in the SWARMIX project is guided by the creation of a specific validation scenario composed of humans, dogs, and small-sized UAVs aimed at performing search-and-rescue (SAR) missions in outdoor civilian domains. The choice […]

Wolf and dog handraising (2001-2003)

Wolf and dog handraising (2001-2003)

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a film by Zoltan Torok, Wild Tales Productions  Dogs’ special domestication processes, their natural socialization to humans, and the possibility of tracing evolutionary changes by comparing dogs’ behavior to that of wolves, make dogs altogether unique for studying the evolution of complex social behavior. Earlier studies on socialized wolves’ behavior tested problem solving, learning ability, […]

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